DK Plastics plans to build a much larger facility and add a third line to handle its growing sheet business.
Dave DeKok, president of DK and parent firm Dave DeKok Inc., said the Archer, Iowa-based company has purchased 10½ acres of land in Archer and is starting the bidding process to determine the size of the new building. He estimated that it would be from 40,000-60,000 square feet.
``We're doing well and we need to shorten our lead time. The only way to do that is with a new machine. We did that a year ago and now we are back to where we were, so we have to go out and get another building,'' said DeKok in an Aug. 16 telephone interview.
The company currently operates in a four-building complex that occupies about 16,000 square feet of space. He is in the final stages of deciding the configuration of the new building. He plans to set it up so it can expand easily if business continues to grow. He wants construction started this fall and to have it ready in spring 2007.
DeKok said DK Plastics added a second extruder line in April 2005, and the line has increased its business in areas as varied as egg handling, dog kennels and automotive and medical markets. The company works with heavy-gauge polyethylene.
DeKok said the company also does some thermoforming.
DeKok said DK is working with local and state economic development personnel to help with the funding.
Dave DeKok Inc. was formed in 1963 and is a family-run business. DeKok's three sons - Steve, Jeff and Scott - are involved in the business.
The company formed DK Plastics when it turned to molding PE sheet in 1994. It expanded in 1997 and currently produces sheet ranging from 0.06-0.5 inch in thickness.